LAGOSNigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) suspends operations of the country's domestic airline operator Azman Air.

Following series of incidents involving Azman Air Boeing 737 Aircraft, the NCAA has pursuant to Section 35 (2) of the Civil Aviation Act, 2006 and Part (A) of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARs) 2015, suspended the operations of all the Boeing 737 Aircraft in the Fleet of Azman Air Services Limited, with effect from March 15, 2021.

The suspension is to enable the Authority to conduct an audit of the airline to determine the root cause(s) of the incidents and recommend corrective actions to forestall re-occurrence.

"The NCAA regrets the inconvenience this action may cause to the public, particularly to Azman air passengers but the need to ensure the safety of Air Transport and protect the public interest, cannot be compromised.

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority will continue to ensure compliance to its regulations in the interest of safety and will view any violation(s) seriously," the agency said.

Azman Air currently operates two Boeing 737-300 and three Boeing 737-500 jets alongside an Airbus A340-600 widebody jet.